Texas Should Not Have Executed Robert Pruett

Update: Robert Pruett was executed by lethal injection on Thursday.
Robert Pruett is scheduled to be executed by the State of Texas Thursday. He has never had a chance to live outside a prison as an adult. Taking his life is a senseless wrong that shows how badly the justice system fails juveniles.
Mr. Pruett was 15 years old when he last saw the outside world, after being arrested as an accomplice to a murder committed by his own father. Now 38, having been convicted of a murder while incarcerated, he will be put to death. At a time when the Supreme Court has begun to recognize excessive punishments for juveniles as unjust, Mr. Pruett’s case shows how young lives can be destroyed by a justice system that refuses to give second chances.
Mr. Pruett’s father, Sam Pruett, spent much of Mr. Pruett’s early childhood in prison. Mr. Pruett and his three siblings were raised in various trailer parks by his mother, who he has said used drugs heavily and often struggled to feed the children. Wh…

Indonesia: Malaysian faces death penalty for drug trafficking

A 55-year-old Malaysian, Ng Huk Kwan or Jimmy, will likely face the death penalty for his alleged involvement in the trafficking of 46.5 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine.

Prosecutor Zainal Abidin from the Riau Prosecutor's Office told a panel of judges at Pekanbaru District Court in Riau on Tuesday that the defendant had violated articles 113 and 132 of the 2009 Narcotics Law, which carried a possible death sentence.

"For his crimes, we ask the judge to hand down the maximum sentence: the death penalty," he said.

According to Zainal, Jimmy played a role as a courier to deliver the meth, which was worth Rp 180 billion (US$13.3 million), from 1 Malaysian with initials ABE to another man in Palembang, South Sumatra. For the service, Jimmy, who entered Indonesia through Dumai Port, was paid 5,000 Malaysian ringgit ($1,301).

Jimmy looked surprised upon hearing the prosecutor's request.

The presiding judge, Amin Ismanto, then adjourned the court until next week to hear defense pleas.

Source: Jakarta Post, August 4, 2015

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